New grocery store likely for Thresher Square development

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August 8, 2014
By: Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson

At last night’s Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association meeting a representative from Sherman Associates hinted that the retail included in the Thresher Square development will include a grocery retailer.

It’s not Trader Joe’s. Tony Kuechle, Sherman’s senior vice president of development, said the 20,000-square-foot space is much larger than the typical Trader Joe’s store.

The development’s proposed skyway expansion is key in attracting the unnamed retailer. The new skyway would begin with a tall glass public entrance at the corner of Chicago Avenue and Washington Avenue, run along Chicago and cross over 3rd Street, connecting into the seven-story parking ramp being built next to the Vikings stadium.

The new store will face Washington and connect to the public skyway entrance in an attempt to attract students from the University of Minnesota using the Green Line.

“We have a letter of intent with a retailer that wants to see the skyway connection,” said Kuechle. “They want to be able to catch university students at the [Downtown East] light rail stop, so it will allow them to come from the light rail stop, through the skyway system and enter the store. They need to know we’re building the skyway before signing on.”

The proposed Thresher Square development includes 175 market-rate apartments built above the grocery store, two levels of underground parking with 306 total spaces and renovating the historic Thresher Square building at 700 3rd St. S into a “nationally branded” hotel.